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container is Parsons SCE's first student-edited academic design journal covering architecture, lighting, interiors, and product design.
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container is the first academic design journal edited by and representing the work of the Parsons School of Constructed Environments graduate and undergraduate student community. 

Parsons SCE students continually produce a phenomenal amount of innovative work. To showcase their efforts, container establishes a much-needed repository for collaborative, engaged, and provocative design theory across all four of the SCE's disciplines: Architecture, Lighting Design, Interior Design, and Product Design. 

A current draft of our cover. All graphics subject to change.
A current draft of our cover. All graphics subject to change.

WHY IS CONTAINER RELEVANT NOW? 

While much is accomplished within the walls of the SCE each semester, it is crucial that this work joins the design discourse at large, which arises from dialogue in print and online publications, conferences, workshops, and collaborations. Publications like aaFiles, Prospecta, and Harvard Design Magazine enable students and professionals alike to engage with this greater conversation. 

As a school that not only celebrates but champions friction and collaboration between disciplines, it is essential that Parsons SCE provides students a medium through which to proclaim, engage, and provoke. 

Jennifer June ft. Jen Davis, "Bodies in Space." All images reprinted with permission of the artist.
Jennifer June ft. Jen Davis, "Bodies in Space." All images reprinted with permission of the artist.
A snippet of Lindsey Dieter's "We Are What We Specify."
A snippet of Lindsey Dieter's "We Are What We Specify."

container is not only a design journal, but a vessel to showcase the most audacious work conceived by the SCE's students. container provides the SCE community with a necessary voice in academic design discourse.

IS CONTAINER JUST A PRINT PUBLICATION? 

Not at all! Thanks to a year of dedicated work by our small team of graduate students, container launched online last Fall. To date we have published six essays by students in architecture, lighting, interiors, and trans-disciplinary design that run the gamut of architectural theory, photography, artist interviews, essays, and social investigations.

WHAT'S IN THE FUTURE FOR CONTAINER? 

container is poised to become a lasting institution serving the SCE community for generations to come. 

The potential for a dedicated, student-edited academic publication to augment the value of a Parsons SCE education is staggering. Establishing a scholastic, insightful, and — not least — challenging design journal will elevate the ideas generated by our students and begin to remedy our startling absence from the bookshelves of students, designers, and design thinkers across the world. 

Brian Pickard's redacted repainting of Baudelaire's "The Painter of Modern Life."
Brian Pickard's redacted repainting of Baudelaire's "The Painter of Modern Life."

Publishing container this year will mark a pivotal point in our school’s history.

The 2014-15 academic year marks the 30th Anniversary of the School of Constructed Environments. With your support of the official launch of container, SCE's first-ever student design journal, this could also be the year in which the seeds planted in 1984 are borne to full fruition.

PRINT SPECIFICATIONS

Appx. 100 pages, 9.25x7.5". 

Perfect bound.

Printed on high-quality paper with matte cover. Full color. 

ABOUT THE STAFF

REWARDS

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Pieces of flair! We're making custom button pins for our pledgers at the $5 level. Check out some of our designs below (subject to change): 

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Backers pledging $25 or more will receive one copy of the limited-edition first printing of container. Take a look through the sample pages below, for a preview of the journal's character and breadth of content. 

"Hand in the Machine," by Alex Stewart. A preview of a typical title page. Image copyright Logic Matter, Self Assembly Lab.
"Hand in the Machine," by Alex Stewart. A preview of a typical title page. Image copyright Logic Matter, Self Assembly Lab.
Stephen Finney's "#7, Revisited."
Stephen Finney's "#7, Revisited."

Risks and challenges

The only real threat to the success of container is a lack of funding for future editions; the first printed copy is just two weeks from being ready to hit the presses. The entire SCE student and administrative body is hotly anticipating the release of the first print edition of container, and has been enthusiastic and supportive from the start. We regularly receive submissions from SCE students, and with a print edition completed we foresee student participation growing exponentially with each issue.

FUNDING: MOVING FORWARD

Successfully funding this campaign will do more than print our first edition: we will be establishing a subscription service and online marketplace for the sale of future issues. Subscriptions make it easier for us to gauge reception to the journal, reach a broader audience, and establish a sustainable funding approach for future editions.

All of the content for the current edition has been collected, edited and is ready for layout and formatting. It will be a lot of work, but we are confident that the journal will be ready to print before the end of the semester.

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    SPECIAL AUTHOR'S EDITION. One copy of the limited-edition first printing of container!

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    CONTAINER BENEFACTOR. One (1) copy of the limited-edition first printing of container!

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